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Skin disorders that can cause severe impairment

Did you know that our skin is our largest organ? According to National Geographic, the average adult is carrying about eight pounds and 22 square feet of skin.

Due to its size and exposure to the elements, our skin is particularly vulnerable to injury and stimulation that can cause severe health problems. And just like any other organ, it can be affected by diseases and disorders that cause serious impairment.

For instance, the following skin conditions can be so severe that they have a disabling impact on sufferers:

  • Dermatitis, or skin inflammation
  • Burns
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa, which causes painful bumps
  • Bullous diseases, which cause large, fluid-filled blisters
  • Photosensitivity, which causes severe sensitivity to sunlight
  • Skin lesions
  • Skin cancers
  • Disfigurement

These conditions can result in a range of symptoms, from chronic pain and rashes to restricted mobility and loss of sight. Sufferers with severe disorders may not be able to go outside, use their fine motor skills or even walk during flare-ups. As a result, their lifestyle and ability to perform substantial gainful activity can be severely compromised.

Under these circumstances, a person could potentially be eligible for critical disability benefits through Social Security. However, eligibility for benefits is complex and applicants must meet numerous requirements to qualify.

Anyone with questions or concerns regarding skin disorders and eligibility for disability benefits in Arizona would be wise to consult an attorney experienced in pursuing these complicated claims. Social Security is a complex, confusing system. Without legal guidance, missteps or faulty assumptions could have costly consequences.

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